Che Fu Profile

aka Che Ness
Gareth Shute
Published: 26 May 2013
Updated: 26 Oct 2018

With two multi-platinum albums and two that went gold, Che Fu is one of the best-selling hip hop acts to ever come out of New Zealand. But his commercial success is only part of his achievement. When he arrived as a solo act in the mid-90s, local hip hop and R&B survived within a small underground scene and there seemed little chance of it crossing over to the mainstream. Che Fu broke through with a run of massive hits and effectively paved the way for the golden years of local rap that would follow in the mid-00s.

Che Ness was introduced to live music at an early age – he was four years old when he found himself on the stage at Western Springs Stadium in April 1979, watching Bob Marley perform from a position next to the Wailers’ keyboard player. His Niuean father, Tigilau Ness, went on to become one of the key figures in the local Rastafarian movement, helping start the 12 Tribes of Israel organisation in New Zealand in 1982, and in the birth of the Auckland reggae scene through his band, Unity Pacific.

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Dam Native feat. Che Fu - The Son
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Herbs and Che Fu sing Slice Of Heaven at the 2001 Silver Scrolls
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DLT feat. Che Fu - Chains
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AWA feat. Che Fu - Papatuanuku
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Chr Fu - Misty Frequencies (2002)
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Che Fu with Anthony Ioasa in the mid 1990s. Herbs' Charlie Tumahai is just behind.
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Waka
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Chains Reloaded
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Homegrown profiles: Che Fu (2005, NZ On Screen)
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Che Fu feat. Aaradhna - Spin One
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Lightwork
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Fade Away
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Scene III
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Che Fu in 2001 - the picture on his T-shirt is Che as a baby with his dad, Tigi Ness
Photo credit: Photo by Gary Brandon
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Trivia:

The artwork for 2BSpacific was done by Otis Frizzell and laid out by Che’s old supergroove bandmate, Ben Sciascia.

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